Summer is just ahead and we look back over our first year at Perry Rubenstein Gallery in Los Angeles with a sense of awe and excitement. Awe at how fast the time has passed and how much fun we’ve had in the process of finding our way in the city of angels. And excitement at our continuing and evolving program and it’s brilliant future, with many great things to come.
From our 2012 summer opening features, showing the late Helmut Newton’s work Sex and Landscapes, and the special event barbecue party with collaborators Neil Young and Shepard Fairey for Americana, we just whetted our appetite for this vibrant and multi-faceted city and the year that lay ahead.
We kicked off the fall programming with our inaugural exhibition of Zoe Crosher: The Disappearing of Michelle duBois in our newly opened Los Angeles gallery.
In this landmark exhibit, Zoe Crosher presented the final works from the Michelle duBois project, her photographic investigations, and re-imaginings of the extensive amateur archive of avid traveler and self-documentarian, Michelle duBois, culminating the multi-year Michelle duBois project and marking the effective dissolution of the archive.
Zoe Crosher’s show was a tremendous exhibition, deeply intelligent and rigorously executed, taking its place in the company of some of the most important and relevant photographers and their practice today.
We then completed the fall programming with the historic exhibition of Mike Kelley’s brilliant work Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites.
It was an honor to show the masterpiece by the late Mike Kelley here in Los Angeles, the spiritual and artistic hometown of this brilliant artist. The work looked tremendous in the space, as though made for it, and the exhibit marked the first time that Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites was shown in America in its entirety.
As a result of the exhibition of Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites Perry Rubenstein, with collector Peter Brant also making a significant charitable donation to the museum, sold the work to MOMA for a record breaking price, forever establishing Mike Kelley as one of the greatest artist of our times.
Our spring program at Perry Rubenstein Gallery opened with Iwan Baan and his iconic work on the “Torre David”, a photographic journey through the abandoned famed skyscraper of Caracas that has become a micro city of squatters.
This marked Iwan Baan’s first gallery exhibition at the Perry Rubenstein Gallery and first solo show in Los Angeles, with which he took his rightful place amongst the pantheon of artistic architectural photography, and such names as Catherine Opie, Struth, Stoller and Andreas Gursky, demonstrating his unique contribution to the entire field of photography, in his intervention and investigation of architecture as an exploration of humanity.
In the works of the “Torre David” project, as well as numerous other works on display, Iwan Baan humanized and transformed architecture with his unique vision and practice, and we at Perry Rubenstein Gallery were excited to feature this groundbreaking exhibition and artist.
Our subsequent and current exhibition of the spring features the conceptual artist, Georg Herold, showing recent and new sculptural works and paintings. Herold’s amazing figures fill the gallery with their dynamic presence and powerful scale, and give the sense of living beings among us, beings created by Herold’s dynamic and rigorous artistic practice.
In Georg Herold the tension between the living representation and the conceptual practice materialize effortlessly and powerfully, and the anthropomorphic works inhabit the space as though they have taken possession of it as their own.
We at Perry Rubenstein Gallery are very proud of this exhibition and have been thrilled to work with the brilliant Georg Herold every step of the way, and to have his magnificent works of sculpture present in our Los Angeles gallery, a space, and a city, in which they simply seem to belong.
In all it has been an amazing year and Los Angeles couldn’t have been more gracious and welcoming and an inspiring place to be. We’ve made many new friends and were visited by old ones that have come to see the new space.
Los Angeles is a unique place, and different in so many ways from New York. In LA our visitors don’t drop in nearly as often as they might have in New York. When the weather is beautiful and the traffic plentiful, the drive to get into the car often succumbs to the desire to stay right where you are. But those—and they have been plentiful, welcome and engaging—that make the trip to Hollywood and come and visit in the gallery, come to stay for a while, and we enjoy long and comfortable visits in which we really have a chance to talk, about art and life and all the quirks and perks of living in LA.
From here to eternity, we are gratified for all the support and all the welcome we’ve received, inspired by all the visits and interest of the many thoughtful and knowledgeable collectors, art lovers, colleagues and fellow Los Angelenos. We are right where we want to be, and look forward to a tremendous season coming up with many announcements soon to be made.
In the meantime, as the summer season approaches, we prepare for our summer exhibition of conceptual sculpture The Humors, and we look forward to seeing you all here at the gallery, in flip flops or heels, in shorts or suits, in a sunny summer in LA.